Monday, February 20, 2017
It's usually a pleasure, finding spots like this to show the world, through photography.
This gem was captured, riding along with the Map It Okinawa dude, last month.
Google Maps, asked me for a review because, they know, everywhere I go.
There's a cozy, little building on the hill, overlooking the waterfall.
It took a bit of trick-photography, to make this place, look attractive to travelers.
There is a small park, across the street, which appears to be maintained.
Back in 2015 the city of Tomigusuku, held a Lantern Festival at this location.
The waterfall and, this building are now Off Limits and, not maintained for visitors.
Who knows ? Maybe, there's a ghost hanging around !
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Yotsuba no Kuroba (よつばのクローバー) in Japanese
If I had been looking for a four leafed clover, I wouldn't have found this.
Out back, getting some fresh air and nicotine therapy, I was sitting on a concrete block.
Today I didn't feel like, pumping concrete weights over my head.
Looking at green, helps relax the eyes if, you've been staring at computer monitors.
My eyes were relaxed, the cigarette ran out on me and, I started heading back to the office.
That's when I saw it. The first four leaf clover, I ever found in my life.
Maybe, it was trying to say "Pick me. Pick me."
I grabbed it even though, it wasn't in my garden. Mrs. Yamashiro, won't mind.
She's always telling me to pick some of her vegetables and, take them home.
Probably, won't notice one four leaf clover, turned up missing.
Once inside, I experimented with a few different compositions with the leaf.
It's hard to tell, that's me and the clover in front of a mirror and, I'm shooting the Pentax.
My fingernail, should give you an idea of the lucky leaf's size.
When enough photos were taken, I started feeling guilty and, took the thing back.
It's in the center of this image, just about where it originally came from.
That's not the end of the story. Next, I did my research and, learned a lot more.
Causing Me to Go Back and Find It Again !
These clovers are so rare, you're supposed to eat the thing if, you find one.
A genie will show up and, give you three wishes, which must be used within the year.
They are so rare, only one in 10,000 clovers develop with four leaves. Dang.
You can read all about them at Wikipedia if, you believe those folks.
More about four leaf clovers in Japan, was discovered in JAPANREFERENCE.
Another, fortunate find today, was Hanakotoba. I'm bookmarking this one.
In Japan, you can give someone a flower, not talk and, they'll get the meaning.
Certain flowers mean love, longing, sex, truth, respect, faith, shy or, whatnot.
Well, just like many other places, the four leaf clover means, "Lucky."
So, I ran back and swiped the clover from the garden, again. I have a plan.
It got straightened out on a white background and wrapped in wax paper.
It will be given to someone special, in Japan, for good luck.
Checkout Wikipedia's Hanakotoba and, learn the language of flowers.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Sometimes When I Flip the Bird
Going back through the files, I decide to do more research, to find current information.
This creature, a Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) has been seen on the blog a few times.
Once in awhile, I hook up my Japanese audience with links, they can read.
Sometimes, I get more information by, poking Japanese into Google search Japan.
A Latin nomenclature, might work or, I use Japanese to copy and paste for searches.
Fooling around with Japanese, which I'm fairly horrible at, can become time consuming.
How About a Japanese Picture Dictionary
That's what this bird helped me discover and, it's quite a handy tool.
Call it a "pictionary" if, you like. That's what I'm gonna do, from now on.
It has pictures, English, Japanese Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana and Romaji listed.
Animals, birds, fish, insects and flowers, are what I'd use it for, mostly.
If you're lost for words in Japan, this site could help with almost anything.
They have astronomy, basic words, banks, bathroom, body organs, clothing, sports and more.
This is a goldmine, worth bookmarking because it has thousands of uses.
For example let's just say, you get upset because it's hard to find large size underwear in Japan.
Walk down the aisles until you find somebody, who looks friendly and say, "Help."
Then if, you saved this on your smartphone, show them a picture of what you want.
They'll point you in the right direction and, probably be amazed at this technology.
Get ready, get set, email this link to yourself "Japanese Pictionary." That's what I did !
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Tired of Snow? Visit Okinawa
It gets a little chilly and windy sometimes, around here but, it doesn't snow.
Out back this morning, I was doing slome stretching and, suddenly stopped.
The brain was tired from testing yesterday and, the body was sore, too.
When I spotted this flower, it gave me an idea. Shoot it for the poor folks in snow country.
I listened to my brain and body, cancelling physical training for the day.
Camera: Pentax K1
Lens: Pentax 50MM
Exposure: f/2.5 1/4000 ISO 800
Location: Kin Town Okinawa Japan
Date and Time: FEB 16 2017 8:35 AM